Yallingup Beach. Credit Ryan Murphy

There’s never been a better time to tick something off your Margaret River Region bucket list, so we have compiled our top 30 ways to experience the best of this beautiful region.

Grab your explorer hat and go and take the adventure that awaits.

Koomal Dreaming Aboriginal Tours
Spring Bucket List: Learn about the land with Koomal Dreaming.
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Be Captivated by Whales

Thousands of humpbacks, southern right and blue whales travel the whale superhighway each year, making their annual migration to the north of WA for breeding season. From September through to December we have about 35,000 humpback whales, 300 blue whales and a few thousand southern right whales travelling through Geographe Bay, and the most awesome way to see them is up close from a boat. Book your whale watching experience today.

Try a tour with Whale Watch Western Australia, Legend Charters Whale WatchingAll Sea Charters or Naturaliste Charters. 

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Listen to the Land

Welcome to Wadandi Boodja – land of the Wadandi Saltwater People, the traditional owners of this region. Walk softly, take the time to listen to and care for Boodja (Country). Let Josh ‘Koomal’ Whiteland, Wadandi cultural custodian, share stories and ancient bush food and medicine knowledge on a Koomal Dreaming tour.

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Capture Memories

Capturing memories requires a delicate blend of right place, right time and the right gear and skills. We’ve sure got plenty of great content to practice on – whether it’s red winged fairy wrens, beautiful wildflowers or stunning beaches. Take your photography practice next-level with a tour by local wildflower and nature expert Hank at Margaret River Exposed. 

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Discover Wildflower Country

There’s a rainbow of spring wildflowers blooming, but unlike the everlastings up north, you may need to slow down and get out of your car to spot some of our specimens! Take a wander out yonder through karri, marri and jarrah forest and you’ll spy wildflowers of every colour – dozens of types of orchids, hot pink and orange pea vines and abundant kangaroo paws. Dial up the adventure with a wildflower-loving tour guide; Hank from Margaret River Exposed, Gene and the Cape to Cape Explorer Tour team or Sean from Margaret River Discovery Co are all experts when it comes to tracking down an illusive orchid and telling weeds from wildflowers.

You could also try: South West Eco Discovery Tours, Edgewalkers

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See the Light

She’s been keeping sailors safe since 1903, and there’s no better way to experience Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse than to join a guided tour. See the light and the original 12-tonne crystal lens and take in the ripper view of where two oceans meet. You might even see a passing whale or dolphin, if you’re lucky. The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Precinct picked up a WA Heritage Award, so be sure to check out the Lightkeeper’s Cottage Interpretive Centre while you’re there.

Boranup Forest Horse Riding Jesters Flat Tour
Spring Bucket List: Ride unbeaten tracks through the Boranup Karri Forest with Jesters Flat.
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Find your Bearings

You’ll feel on top of the world hiking the Cape to Cape Track, which is considered one of the world’s finest scenic treks by those in the know. 134km end to end, through national park and cute coastal towns and plenty of secret swimming spots along the way, you’ll soon realise that no two bays are the same. Grab a Cape to Cape Track Guidebook, download the app or relax and let someone else look after you on a guided hiking tour – Cape To Cape Explorer Tours and Edgewalkers are great options. South West Driving Services specialise in Cape To Cape transfers, and can help you get to and from the track with ease.

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Salt Water for the Soul

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Discover Luxury in your own Backyard

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Go Beyond The Cellar Door

Here we are in wine paradise, surrounded by some of Australia’s finest drops and most postcard-perfect wineries. Take your love of wine to the next level with a guided wine tasting or specialist tour experience… there’s plenty to choose from. Case in point? Arimia Estate is tucked away off the main road, but venturing out to the property is to be immersed in their ethos of sustainability. All produce is grown in a way that aims to give back to the land, to nourish it for generations to come. Book a tour of their organic farm followed by a 5 course lunch to combine environmental education with epicurean excellence. Here are some more ideas to get you started.

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Find Happiness on Horseback

Can you think of a more relaxing way to wander out yonder than a gallop along the beach – or a peaceful ride through a forest? Find happiness on horseback and make your holiday one to remember. Saddle up at Jesters Flat or The Horse Resort.

Sailing Charters WA
Spring Bucket List: Try your hand at sailing with Sailing Charters WA.
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Go Underground

Discover crystal wonderlands in million-year-old caves. About 100 limestone caves lie beneath the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge – hence the iconic ‘Caves Road’ – and four of them are open for us to explore. Be prepared for stairs and jaw-dropping sights, these caves are the ultimate underground adventure. Find out which cave is best for you.

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Ride Unbeaten Tracks

Make tracks down south for wildflower season. The Margaret River Region’s tracks and trails are hidden gems just waiting to be explored. But you might need a local to show you which ones are best. Hit up Margaret River Adventure Co for a fast paced fat bike experience, or just see Paul at The Hairy Marron who’ll sort you out with a bike and which tracks to follow.

Others to try: Margaret River Mountain Bike Tours, Bike Shed Dunsborough, Easy Ride Tours or Life Cycle Bikes Margaret River

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Get a Local’s Perspective

Nobody knows all the Margaret River Region’s hidden gems quite like the local tour guides. They’ve lived here for yonks and spend their days exploring, unearthing, and love sharing a yarn. See a side of WA you’ve never seen before and support the awesome operators who know the Margaret River Region and all it’s wonderful secret spots and amazing stories.

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Go Where the Wind Blows You

Feel the breeze on your skin as you sail through crystalline waters – this is the life! Don’t have a boat? No worries! Call up capt’n Luke from Sailing Charters WA  for the most incredible afternoon for you and five friends on his 41ft yacht. Dive off the bow, snorkel the clear waters, then drink champagne in the sun. Bliss.

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Get Barrelled

Paddle-paddle-paddle and you’re UP and the feeling is AMAZING as you ride that wave of exhilaration. There’s a wave here for everyone, from gentle shore breaks for beginners to perfect barrels where local legends Taj Burrows and Jake Patterson honed their styles. Hire a board or let one of the locals give you a lesson.

Try: Margaret River Surf School, Yallingup Surf School

Augusta River Tours
Spring Bucket List: Discover hidden gems along the Blackwood River with Augusta River Tours.
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Become a Master

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Seek Adrenaline

Imagine it; you’re at the top of a 50-metre cliff with your heart pounding and waves smashing the granite below. Adrenaline surging, it’s time to lean back into your harness and abseil down… then run back up to the top of the Wilyabrup cliffs, ready to do it again. Or, palms sweating, you climb a swaying ladder that’s suspended 18 metres up in the treetops only to be rewarded with nine consecutive flying foxes. Or give coasteering a whirl – jump into a wettie and leap off rocks into the surging sea for thrills.

More for your adrenaline fix: Margaret River Adventure Co, Forest Adventures South West, Next Level Monkey Business, Margaret River Climbing Co.

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Remember Simple Pleasures

Sometimes it’s the little things that bring so much joy – listening to birdsong on a forest walk, cuddling a pet lamb or having a ride on a jetty train. Find happiness in the Margaret River Region at Busselton JettySunflowers Animal Farm or at a Glenarty Road farm tour.

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Discover Hidden Gems

Scratch the surface and you’ll find some fascinating people and places… but where to start? The Busselton, and Margaret River Visitor Centres are the first to know about new tours and experiences, and the quirky or lesser known attractions. Some experiences that spring to mind are Passel Estate’s conservation walks through their possum sanctuary and paired chocolate and wine tastings, or Augusta River Tours along the Blackwood River, teeming with birdlife and dolphins.

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Take an Artistic Adventure

Spark creativity with an inspiring visit to local artists, ceramicists, glass blowers and galleries. Pottery meets beekeeping at Happs Pottery + Icon Honey, see molten glass blowing at Melting Pot Studio, and art meets wine with famed galleries at Vasse Felix and Leeuwin Estate. Cruise galleries packed with local art and sculpture such as The Studio Gallery & Bistro, Jahroc, Gunyulgup Gallery, and Yallingup Gallery.

There’s also plenty of street art to check out, like Cowara Dreaming just off the main street of Cowaramup.

Lunch Tony Howell Seafood Ellensbrook
Spring Bucket List: Take a foodie tour and sample local flavours like marron and abalone.
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Appreciate Seasonal Produce

There’s nothing as tasty as crayfish fresh from the reef or fruit plucked straight from the tree, and where better to enjoy fresh food than right where it’s grown in the Margaret River Region. The Margaret River Farmers Market is an awesome place to start, buying direct from the baker, fisherman and cheesemaker on a Saturday morning, but you could also hop on a Walk Talk Taste or Bushtucker tour, dine with Fervor or learn about native ingredients with Koomal Dreaming.

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Reconnect with the Family

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Go off the Beaten Path and Beyond

Sure, you can snap a quick selfie at the Boranup Forest lookout before whizzing onto the next winery, but you’d miss out on all the best stuff. Tiny wildflowers on the forest floor, the distant screech of cockatoos and stories of megafauna fossils found in caves. This is why we’d always recommend searching out the incredible nature tours and really getting to experience the Margaret River Region’s amazing wildlife, geology and stories.

Try: Untamed Escapes, Margaret River Exposed, Bushtucker Tours, Margaret River Eco Adventures

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Bask in Busselton’s Historic Heart and Soul

The beautiful Busselton Jetty was built 153 years ago when timber exports were booming and extended a bunch of times as the boats got bigger! There’s more than one way to experience the jetty; stroll the entire 1.81km out to sea, reel in a fish or squid, take a ride on the famous jetty train and underwater observatory tour, or dive with the fishes on an underwater helmet tour.

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Reel in a Ripper

Check out the size of that dhuie! Whether you’re catching prize dhu fish fit for a king, or just stoked to catch dinner, reeling in a ripper on a fishing charter is sure to put a smile on your dial. Pretty much anything you catch off our aquamarine shores is going to be delicious, so check out some of the guided fishing tours where they’ll take care of everything from rods and bait to keeping the beers cold.

Wills Domain
Spring Bucket List: Travel in style to explore the region’s wineries and restaurants.
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Travel in Style

Road trip! There’s no better way to travel from A to B than with a local to guide the way. And if you’re doing your holiday right – there may also be a tiny bit of alcohol consumption involved, so play it safe and book a driver. Tours in the Margaret River Region range from full day winery tours, to charter services in luxury vehicles.

Try: Margaret River Vintage Wine Tours, Wine for Dudes, Esquire Classic Charters, Cape to Cape Wine Tours and Charters, Margaret River Unplugged, Cellar dOr Winery Tours, Margaret River Tours, Cheers Winery and Scenic Tours, Gold Star Charter, MYDRIVER, South West Luxury Transport, or McLeod Tours

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Search for Sanctity

Sometimes a holiday is really all about getting off the treadmill, taking a breather and allowing the mind and body to relax. Experiences like canoeing up the Margaret River, stand up paddle boarding in a calm bay, or walking through the subterranean landscape of one of the region’s caves all create some form of zen. Join one of the many yoga classes available throughout the region, or enquire at your accommodation about organising a private session with a local instructor.

If you’re chasing some time to reflect and rejuvenate, try some of these experiences: Stand Up Surfing, Margaret River Stand Up Paddle, Uniquely Balanced Sound Massage

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Lose Your Bearings

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Keep Kids Happy

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Happen Upon Animal Encounters

Drive Your Own Margaret River Region Story

Not sure where to start? Try these five spectacular coast and country drives that feature a mix of iconic and under the radar experiences throughout the region.

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Advice from a Local

Our team of local experts are here to help plan and book your stay in the Margaret River Region.